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Pakistan Media Update June 03, 2018
By:Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
Date: Sunday, 3 June 2018, 4:50 pm

June 03, 2018
Freedom of expression:

Non-bailable warrants for Dr Shahid Masood issued

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad District Court, on the request of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), has issued non-bailable warrants for arrest of Dr Shahid Masood, a TV anchorperson and former chairman of Pakistan Television, for his alleged involvement in embezzlement of Rs38 million.

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Media Safety:

AWP condemns attack on private TV channel office

The Awami Workers Party (AWP) condemned the armed attack on the office of Vash TV channel in Karachi.

In a joint statement, AWP senior vice-President Yousufmasti Khan, general secretary Akhtar Hussain Advocate and spokesperson Farooq Tariq expressed deep concerns at frequent attacks on the Balochi language channel ‘Vaash’ by armed men and termed it an attempt to silence the voices of dissent.

Governance:

Those calling for elections delay should be tried for treason, says PM

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Media Ethics:

Amir Liaquat can appear on TV but can’t do Ramzan show

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday lifted the ban on anchorperson Dr Amir Liaquat by allowing him to appear on television shows. However, it sustained the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) decision to suspend his Ramzan show on Bol TV.

Earlier on Friday, the electronic media watchdog had slapped a 30-day ban and issued a notification to the television host for hurting ‘sentiments of different sects’ and creating sensation ‘through unwarranted drama on the basis of religion’.

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Media and governance:

PFUJ criticises govt for violation of agreement on Wage Board

KARACHI: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has criticised the violation of the April 9 agreement between the PFUJ and the government on the composition of the Eighth Wage Board for Newspaper Employees by former information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb.

“We strongly condemn the induction of two new members by the government in the Wage Board as it is a clear violation of the agreement between the PFUJ and the information ministry,” said a joint statement issued by PFUJ President Afzal Butt and Secretary General Ayub Jan Sarhandi.

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Journalists end boycott of JUI-F activities after Fazl’s assurance

PESHAWAR: Peshawar Press Club (PPC) and Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) on Tuesday ended the boycott of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) after its chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman assured the journalist community of visiting the press club and tendering an apology over the torture of media persons by its workers.

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Broadcasting - (Electronic media):

Saleem Baig appointed PEMRA chief

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Print Media:

PFUC chairman elected

LAHORE – Young journalist and columnist Farrukh Shahbaz Warraich Wednesday was elected Chairman of Pakistan Federal Union of Columnists (PFUC) thrice.

Farrukh is one of the founding members of PFUC. Journalists and people from different political parties greeted Farrukh and hoped he would continue with the cause.

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Environmental Journalism:

Changed wind direction brings Karachi’s temperature down

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: As the wind direction changed and the sea breeze replaced the dry continental winds from the northwest, the temperature in the metropolis came down to 37.3 degrees Celsius on Thursday as against Wednesday’s 43.2°C.

Responding to Dawn’s queries, a Meteorological department official said the current relatively pleasant weather was going to stay only for a few days.

General News:

WORLDONA is accepting entries for Journalism Awards

ISLAMABAD: The Online News Association ONA is accepting entries for the 2018 Online Journalism Awards recognizing excellence in digital reporting.

The ONA opened the call for entries for the 2018 Online Journalism Awards, honoring the best in digital journalism.

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Human Rights:

NHRC member concerned over plight of coal miners

QUETTA: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concern over unsafe coal mining practices in Balochistan and the plight of coal miners working without safety precautions while digging as deep as 1,000 kilometres in coal mines.

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Digital/New Media:

Pak-US efforts to rescue Trump, Mamnoon from cyber bullies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and America are in correspondence with each other to rescue their presidents from fraudsters and harassers on social media who are faking websites in their names and, in cases, hurling violent threats.

The Pakistani government has been requesting information from the US relating to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses which were used for creating websites and Facebook pages on behalf of President Mamnoon Hussain. American authorities, on the other hand, have sought details of a twitter account used for threatening President Donald Trump.

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